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Heroes’ welcome for Tottenham as players arrive in Hong Kong ahead of Kitchee friendly match

Spurs supporters greet the Premier League runners-up at Hong Kong airport as they touch down ahead of the post-season friendly

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 23 May, 2017, 5:25pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 23 May, 2017, 5:36pm

Tottenham Hotspur supporters gave the Premier League runners-up a heroes’ welcome at Hong Kong airport on Tuesday when the players arrived in the city ahead of their post-season friendly match against Hong Kong champions Kitchee on Friday night.

The club delivered on manager Mauricio Pochettino’s promise that they would send a strong line-up to Asia for the end-of-season tour, which also includes several players making a promotional trip to South Korea, when it confirmed a squad of stellar names for the touring party on Monday.

To the delight of Hong Kong’s sizable Tottenham following, the So Pon Ko clash will feature Premier League golden boot winner Harry Kane as well as star players Hugo Lloris, Dele Alli, and Cristian Eriksen.

Supporters grabbed selfies and autographs at the airport with sharp-shooter Kane, who bagged his 34th and 35th goals of an outstanding season in Sunday’s 7-1 win over Hull City.

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“It’s been incredible, to score eight goals in the final week of a Premier League season is a special feeling,” said Kane after the final game of the season on Sunday. “To win [the Golden Boot award] and finish on 29 goals in 30 games is something I’m very proud of.”

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There was reported to have been consternation among some of Tottenham’s players when the fixture was announced, but Spurs boss Pochettino moved to quell any such speculation by insisting the vast majority of players were happy to make the trip.

“Two months ago, all of us spoke about the situation and we all agreed that if we did not get to the FA Cup final, we would need to help the club and go there and spend four or five days,” said Pochettino.

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“The rumours in the media are wrong. Maybe one per cent or one player is not happy, but the rest of the group is so, so, so happy to help the club,” he added.

Tickets are available for the Hong Kong Stadium showdown, which kicks off at 8pm on Friday night.